September 1, 2008
Takes And Double Takes
“Flowers of Discovery”
“Flowers of Discovery and Opportunity” are everywhere, right under our noses. We have only to look down, or up, and notice them.
I have been on vacation at our long time haunt Down East in Maine where I have been spending summers since I was a child. This morning I got up at 6:30AM to write more of the new musical play that Peter Amidon and I are creating together. As I was getting my cup of coffee, I looked up at the refrigerator wall and noticed the twenty by twenty inch piece of parchment paper stuck there by my father forty years ago. Printed on that parchment was a very old piece of prose writing called “Desiderata”. I used to look at it frequently when I was here in the cottage, but this year I had not noticed it, not even once. It’s wisdom had become invisible to me. Suddenly, there it was, right in front of me, right under my nose. I discovered it anew, the way an actor must discover her lines anew each and every time she speaks them on stage. I re-read it, re-thought it and gave thanks again for its quiet wisdom. I share it with you here and now for your own discovery of its insights. Perhaps you have seen it before and read it carefully. Perhaps it meant something small or huge and profound to you then. If not, here it is, offered up by me for your first discovery, like a new scene in a new play, just waiting to be explored and plumbed to its depths. I hope that you find worthwhile meaning in it and the same special peace that it gives me. “Take” and “Double Take” it many times. It sure hits the spot with me.
Hugs and Fishes,
GO PLACIDLY AMID THE NOISE & HASTE, & REMEMBER WHAT PEACE THERE MAY BE IN SILENCE. AS FAR AS POSSIBLE, WITHOUT SURRENDER, BE ON GOOD TERMS with all persons. Speak your truth quietly & clearly; and listen to others, even the dull & ignorant; they too have their story. * Avoid loud & aggressive persons; they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain & bitter;; for always there will be greater & lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. * Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. * Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity & disenchantment it is perennial as the grass. * Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue & loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. * You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees & the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. * Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him or Her to be, and whatever your labors & aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. * With all its sham, drudgery & broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy. **